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A while back I wrote, tongue-in-cheek, about the voter ID laws. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says there is no problem, no fraud, nothing to worry about.
After my own experience as a poll watcher for now Senator Scott Brown, I can tell you -- if you had any doubt -- that Holder is flat-out wrong.
Brown was so concerned about integrity at the ballot box that his campaign paid travel and lodging expenses for lawyers all over the country who were willing to serve as poll watchers.
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It's a good thing he did, because I sure saw
At least twice, multiple ballots were handed out to one person. We caught the problem early, but only because the voter tried to feed both ballots into the machine at the same time. BEEP, the machine will only take one ballot at a time.
On one absentee ballot, an ambivalent voter unambiguously picked two candidates -- one was the Independent and the other was Martha Coakley.
Inches away from my face, the warden emphatically insisted the voter intended to vote for Martha Coakley. I emphatically insisted the voter's intent could not possibly be ascertained, and that either the ballot be rejected or the Elections Department be called.
But what if I and another poll watcher had not been there?
From my own experience, I know voter fraud is a problem. Requiring photo-identification may not solve the problems I saw, but it will certainly help remedy the problem captured in the video below.
Suppose the real Eric Holder decided to vote absentee. Would both votes be counted? What if the real Eric Holder showed up to vote the next day? Would he be denied a ballot? What then?
Yes, so-called "voter protection" laws protect votes, all right: multiple votes cast in one person's name.
The real Eric Holder needs to sit down and stop blocking states that want effective voter-protection by requiring voter ID.
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